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June 13, 2021


I thoroughly enjoyed learning how you go about drawing plants. Definitely helpful.

All my drawing life I have avoided drawing plants, flowers, trees, believing that was too difficult for me. Most of my drawings have been from models in an informal life drawing session I attended for several years once a week in the evenings or of people drawn unobtrusively in public places or of indoor scenes, observing what was in front of me on a table or in my field of vision. In college in 1967 we were assigned to draw the Southern California landscape visible within walking distance from our art classroom at UC Irvine. It was only in those years that I drew from the landscape. We had a wonderful drawing teacher at UC Irvine -- Vija Celmins. Her drawings were more like paintings, now that I think of it. In the 1980s, I began drawing people using Rembrandt chalk pastels and after finishing that series, I did an extensive series of land and seascapes painted from dream and memory in gouache and watercolor, using touches of chalk pastel in the earliest of those paintings.

I rarely do much art work at all this time of year due to low energy which seems to be a reverse SADS but am inspired by your post to consider drawing some of my houseplants which will be blooming into late September and early October.

The liveliness of your drawings always lifts my spirits.

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